Did you know that you can paint with Easter egg dye? The result is similar to watercolor painting, and it’s a great way to use up leftover dye after you’re done with your eggs.
After the kids have dunked eggs to their hearts’ content, hand them some watercolor paper and paintbrushes, and let them paint!
The egg dyes work as liquid watercolors, which is one of the most fun artistic media for kids. They like the way that the paint saturates the paper and bleeds into other colors, and even kids who aren’t terribly interested in art-making (like my own older kid) will generally still get into this.
Although you can use any paper–and a lot of other materials, too!–with liquid watercolors, I really like to provide my kids with actual watercolor paper. The texture of it is designed for liquid watercolors, and it’s extra thick to allow it to handle getting soaked, so it makes the experience a lot more satisfying for kids. Regular paper, though it does work, can tend to let the watercolors pool, rather than soak in, and if you over-saturate regular paper, it’ll become as fragile as tissue paper, your kid will tear it, and then, if she’s anything like my younger kid, she’ll scream in emotional agony at the top of her lungs for something like five hundred million years.
Here are some other fun things to do while you’re playing with your egg dye watercolors:
1. Salt it! Sprinkle salt onto a wet watercolor painting and watch what happens. Or, draw on paper with white glue, pour salt onto the glue, let dry, pour off the excess salt, and THEN paint with egg dye watercolors and watch what happens.
2. Make it into a volcano! Stir extra vinegar into each off your egg dyes, pour a layer of baking soda into a flat tray, then give the kids eye droppers and let them make tiny, colorful volcanoes.
3. Paint with glue! Dye white glue right in the squeezy bottle by adding acrylic paint and shaking it up really well, then have the kids draw a picture in colored glue. Once it’s dry, they can paint it with their egg dye watercolors, and the colored glue lines will add an interesting contrast.
4. Draw with a white crayon first! Draw a “secret message” for a kid with white crayon onto white paper, then let her paint over it with the egg dyes to discover your message. This is a great technique for practicing sight words with a younger kid.